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Today you should know that the state heard different predictions on when the Supreme Court will rule on challenges to the new health care law, and there remains a strong likelihood that the state will be forced to comply with most or all of the law. OK Policy released a new issue brief showing that the state cost of health care reform are likely to be modest and could yield net savings.
Rep. David Dank, the chair of the legislative task force on tax credits, said coal tax credits are the “poster child for just about everything that is wrong with this system.” Governor Fallin said she was embarrassed by the condition of the Capitol building and wants the state to find money for repairs. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services agreed to pay part of a $1.1M settlement to a young man who was sexually molested at a foster home.
At a panel discussion the legislators, Tulsa-area parents of special needs students criticized a private school voucher program for taking resources from public schools with no accountability. The White House said President Obama’s plan on college loans would allow more than 23,000 current students in Oklahoma to lower their monthly payments. Data analysis of Oklahoma’s criminal justice system has been completed by the Justice Center, and lawmakers will now move on to crafting reforms to reduce crime and incarceration.
Today’s Number of the Day is Oklahoma’s unemployment rate for September 2011, up slightly from the previous month’s rate. In today’s Policy Note, Stateline reports on how Oregon may become the next national health care model for seeking to control costs while improving public health through community care.